Google Chrome's Big Windows 7 Security Issue Revealed

Earlier this year, Google Chrome’s head of security announced that Windows 7 users of the world’s most popular web browser should update their software immediately due to cyber security issues. From a network security perspective, it’s rare that a large company like Google will suggest updating with such urgency – so what was the problem?

Essentially, Google Chrome in Windows 7 has a zero-day vulnerability which is currently being exploited. A vulnerability is a flaw in the code which cannot necessarily be fixed without an update, allowing malicious hackers to access your device or data before you’re even aware that the issue exists! This is, of course, a stark reminder that all web browsing software within your organisation should be updated to the latest version to avoid falling foul of this vulnerability.

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How To Secure A Business Network

This most recent Google Chrome vulnerability has caused thousands of businesses to want to find out how to secure a network from hackers, and how to prevent cyber security attacks. Thankfully, this particular issue is relatively simple to fix. Simply navigate to the drop-down menu within Chrome (located at the far right of the toolbar) and select “Help” from the menu, followed by “About Google Chrome”.

To ensure safety from this exploit, you’ll want to ensure that the “About Google Chrome” page displays that you are running Chrome version 72.0.3626.121 (Official Build) or above. If not, Chrome will be able to update automatically for you from the same screen.

Cyber Security UK: Should I Be Worried?

Businesses need to learn to be vigilant about all manner of network security threats. While the Google Chrome vulnerability is alarming, phishing emails, trojans and other attacks are much more likely to leave your data compromised, and this could result in your company falling foul of the law.

One of the best ways to ensure your network is secure, is to update any software you use on a regular basis. As we’ve learned, even large developers like Google are vulnerable to exploits from time to time, but thankfully most developers also move quickly to fix exploits as soon as they are discovered. However, you’ll need to ensure that your software is up to date to take advantage of these fixes.

Alternatively, you may want to review your network security arrangements. Anti-malware apps, firewalls and other cyber security measures can help to keep your system protected.

If you’d like some help and advice on the best way to protect your data from malicious hackers, why not get in touch with the User One team today? Our experienced security experts will be more than willing to discuss your requirements and offer some pointers on the implementation of security packages.

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